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“Fine dining at its very best”
Review of Castle Dairy

Castle Dairy
Ranked #17 of 155 Restaurants in Kendal
Price range: $21 - $84
Cuisines: British
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Description: The Castle Dairy Restaurant and Art Gallery offers a unique dining experience in Kendal’s oldest inhabited building. Staffed by Kendal College apprentices and watched over by chef Chris O’Callaghan, the restaurant provides exceptional food, surrounded by local art work, in a truly unusual setting.
Reviewed February 1, 2013

We dined here in celebration of my 70th birthday and had a wonderful evening.
The excellent food was beautifully cooked and presented, and had something to please every ones taste buds. Congratulations to the chef and kitchen staff for producing such fine food.
I have not enjoyed a meal such as this, in a very long time. There were so many different tastes, that had been creatively put together.
They were served by an efficient and very friendly young staff who were a credit to their tutors.
The atmosphere at the Castle Diary was wonderful with some lovely old antique furniture gracing the establishment.
Certainly a jewel in the crown of Kendal, and one not to be missed by anyone that likes wonderful food of the very best quality.
We shall be sure to return soon.....after all, I want to try out the lunch menu!

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Reviewed February 1, 2013

Having been aware of Castle Dairy for many years we had never actually been here.
I'm so glad we eventually did.
The building itself is a very beautiful old building and worth the visit just for that

The food was excellent - we were in a large group the attention to detail was slightly lacking (seasoning mainly)
The front if house staff were good - maybe a little flustered by a large group and maybe a third front of house

We know that it is staffed by Kendal College apprentices and they are def gaining lots if experience and heading in the right direction

We all thought the prices of the wine list to be a little on the expensive side too
Menu prices are not cheap either - no change out of £100 for 2
Seems to be on par with 1-2 Rosette establishments
Saying that the lunchtime menu seems more on par with a decent pub.

None of this would not stop us returning or recommending it to anyone looking for a lovely relaxed night out with good food

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1  Thank ollieanddarcie
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Reviewed January 21, 2013

The atmosphere of the old dairy is lovely - there are no scratched Ikea tables here and the floor is uneven because that's the way the old slates and cobbles were laid hundreds of years ago... So the building itself is something special.

The service is very good and staffed by Kendal College students. The food is also very nice and quite lavish, although the menu is small (e.g. "you can have this, or this, for a starter") and changes nightly.

The only downside to this wonderful place is the fact it has no parking, isn't in the centre of town (but across the bridge from it) and the price for a set evening meal is quite high.

I heard great things about the 'cafe' style set up here during the day, but I have only been for an evening meal.

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1  Thank Annie S
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Paul G, Public Relations Manager at Castle Dairy, responded to this reviewResponded January 22, 2013

Hi Annie,

Glad you enjoyed the unique experience of the Castle Dairy! We do actually have a small car park at the rear, accessed by turning right off Wildman Street just before the bridge and then immediately right - almost exactly opposite the Riverside Hotel. It can get quite busy during the day though and, whilst we've put up signs, it can be easy to miss.

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Reviewed January 16, 2013

This is an interesting building, reported to be the oldest in Kendal, with lots of original features but brightened up with modern and vibrant paintings. The place is run by Kendal College and offers students a great chance to familiarise themselves with the high end dining that so many Lake District restaurants offer. CD has a number of separate dining areas (OK rooms) which can easily be comandeered for those wanting to celebrate with a larger party. Service by college students is attentive and eager to please. But overall, at least on the night we were there, the atmosphere was a bit hushed, almost reverential. The food has a modern french twist with good ingredients, intelligently prepared. Portions aren't large but very tasty and inventive. On the evening we went vegetables were in short supply with the main course, but its possible to manage three courses (plus amuse bouche and interesting sweets with coffee) without leaving overstuffed. Choices are fairly limited (6 starters and mains) but will always include at least one vegetarian option. We had a great evening and will definitely come back again.

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Thank Stuart53
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Reviewed January 11, 2013

Cannot say how good this restaurant is. Service excellent, food excellent, absolutely top notch. I had forgotten Kendal College had revived this restaurant and what an amazing job they have done. The students are doing themselves proud. Cannot wait to go again and enjoy the delicious food. Only slight comment would be as the building is historic it can be cool. The fire was on when we were in attendance, but to be on the safe side take an extra layer. You don't want to not enjoy the food due to feeling a tiny bit cool.

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Thank bellingham-kendal
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